Tonight, the Razorbacks must show the ability to calmly handle the UT pressure. Guards Courtney Fortson, Stefan Welsh, Rotnei Clarke, Marcus Britt and Jason Henry must be poised with the basketball all evening.
2. Transition Defense
The Vols' press creates an up-tempo style, but their offensive attitude does just as much to drive up the score up. Tennessee ranks first in the Southeastern Conference in scoring at 80.7 points per game — though UT does rank last in scoring defense at 74.0.
Once the Volunteers record a steal or rebound a missed shot or even gather a made shot out of the net, they are looking to run. Arkansas needs to locate UT's shooters as fast as possible when possession of the basketball changes.
3. Battle On Boards
Arkansas simply got outmuscled on the boards during its 79-69 loss Saturday at LSU. The Tigers grabbed 13 more rebounds than the Hogs in the first half and finished with a 45-32 advantage.
Even if the Volunteers struggled at rebounding, the Razorbacks would need to improve. Arkansas has been outrebounded in seven of its last 10 games.
Unfortunately for the Hogs, Tennessee is a strong rebounding team. The Vols have grabbed the most rebounds per game in the league (40.5) and rank third in rebounding margin (plus-5.4).
4. Knock Down 3s
Maybe it's because of their frantic style of play, but the Volunteers seem to struggle at guarding the 3-point shot. Tennessee ranks last in the SEC in 3-point defensive percentage (.314) and also has allowed the second-most made 3-pointers in the league (147 in 20 games).
Clarke and Welsh could find themselves open often tonight, and the two sharpshooters must take advantage.
5. More From Welsh
Arkansas junior guard Stefan Welsh is mired in a scoring slump, and his ability to fight out of it is paramount to the Hogs' success. Welsh has scored in double figures only once since SEC play began.
His only double-figure output in his past six games was his 14-point effort against Auburn.
Tennessee (13-7, 4-2)
• Coach: Bruce Pearl (fourth season)
• Last Time Out: Tennessee beat Florida beat Tennessee 79-63 on Jan. 31 in Knoxville, Tenn.
• Key Injuries: None
Name Ht. Cl. PPG RPG APG
G Josh Tabb 6-4 Junior 3.4 1.8 1.7
G Scotty Hopson 6-7 Freshman 9.2 2.5 1.1
G J.P. Prince 6-7 Freshman 9.4 3.5 2.2
F Tyler Smith 6-7 Junior 17.2 6.3 3.8
F Wayne Chism 6-9 Junior 12.9 8.8 1.1*
G Bobby Maze 6-2 Junior 9.2 2.7 3.6
Cameron Tatum 9.0 2.5 0.9
Brian Williams 5.4 6.2 0.6
Emmanuel Negedu 2.5 2.3 0.4
Arkansas Razorbacks (13-6, 1-5)
• Coach: John Pelphrey (second season)
• Last Time Out: Arkansas lost to LSU 79-69 on Jan. 31 in Baton Rouge, La.
• Key Injuries: Senior F Marcus Monk, eligibility issues, questionable
Name Ht. Cl. PPG RPG
G Courtney Fortson 5-11 Freshman 14.3 5.5 6.5
G Rotnei Clarke 6-0 Freshman 11.3 2.0 1.1
G Stefan Welsh 6-3 Junior12.0 3.7 2.3
F Michael Sanchez 6-8 Freshman 6.6 5.1 0.8
F Michael Washington 6-9 Junior 17.2 9.8 1.3*
G Jason Henry 6-6 Freshman 7.1 3.8 0.4
G Marcus Britt 6-3 Sophomore 4.1 1.8 1.1
F Andre Clark 6-9 Freshman 2.7 2.1 0.1
F Brandon Moore 6-9 Freshman 2.1 1.6 0.4